Tuesday, February 24, 2009

odds and ends

Here are some odds and ends of the Fenton family as of late. First things first. Ramona is a shoe horse. She is obsessed with putting shoes on at all times. My shoes, her shoes, my mom's shoes, people who come over for dinner's shoes. It doesn't matter. And inevitably she will get pissed that the shoes aren't going on right, or they are too big to walk in and she will throw a huge shoe fit. It is ridiculous. Sure, I know what you're thinking right now. Claire, why don't you help your young child put the shoes on so she doesn't get frustrated. No, no, Ramona no longer takes adult's help. She seems to like the feeling of being frustrated, throwing herself on the ground, and shooting you looks that could kill. If you try to help.......the looks REALLY look like they could kill. It is an interesting process. I'm just worried that she is going to have an expensive shoe habit in the future.

My mom has been watching Ramona on Mondays at our house now.....so the next picture is of them doing finger puppets together. Cute! And look, there is enough sun coming into the house to make them......it is a miracle. Last week we had one of those February weeks where the sun comes out and teases us, making us say things like "well, summer is on its way", and "maybe I'll go put the jackets away". It tricks us every year, because Northwesterners are such a hopefull, naive bunch. This week, the rain is here......but its not snow, so I won't complain.

The last picture is from last weekend when my college friends from California came to visit. We had four people staying in the house, and amazingly it didn't seem that crowded. However, we did try to burn the house down for them (long story, really), just to give them a warm welcome (har har!). Those of you who are in the picture, I'm sorry it isn't the best of all of you, but it is my only evidence of your visit, so send me your pictures if you want a better one posted (hint, hint).

Ok, my Amazon fresh order just arrived.....yay! So, I must unpack.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Shoes

Ramona got new Chuck Taylors today! She really likes them, wouldn't let us put her "old" shoes back on her feet at the store.....she wore 'em out. Justin stayed home from work today, and we had a fun time playing in the neighborhood. The sun was out, and Ramona had a good time riding her car up and down the block (when I say up and down.....I mean we went a few houses up, then back....and it took a half hour). Looking forward to summer, and all the playing outside that comes with it.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Ramona is becoming a toddler with an attitude. Sometimes its a wonderful attitude, she is funny, clever and is really fun to be around. Otherwise......she is just so darn stubborn. I have no idea where she gets that from.....certainly not me. Here are some pictures that exhibit her attitude.

The first three are pictures from when we went to the park this morning. Justin let her help push the stroller around the park, and I thought it was really cute. So, I started taking pictures of her. She was so serious about pushing that she wouldn't even look at me for a picture. Then, when we reached the edge of the park, and it was time to go home, she flipped out when we tried to put her in the stroller. I mean......FLIPPED OUT! I carried her squirming body a few blocks until we got to an area where there were sidewalks, and then she got to push the stroller all the way home. She was very focused, and wary of us trying to rob her of her job as a stroller pusher. She had a very serious look on her face.

We are going to the Aquarium for a 1st birthday party this afternoon, so hopefully she has that fun, happy attitude that she is exhibiting in the last picture. That Ramona cracks us up.....as does the serious, stubborn, communist Russian babushka looking Ramona.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Here is the most recent picture I have of Ramona playing with her friend Maddie. They bicker sometimes, but they also have a lot of fun together. Playing in the Pack N Play is always a hit.